Emerson Roth scored his third goal of the game to lead JSerra over Mater Dei 7-6 in overtime. He also had the assist on the goal that put the game into overtime. Jserra hosted Mater Dei in a Trinity league battle that went back and forth the whole way.
The Lions started the scoring when Roth scored unassisted on a hard sweep and rip from 12 yards out. Austin “Shack” Shackeford was next for Jserra burying one off a strong alley dodge. Mater Dei fought back when Jack Irvine went low and away, and Brady Burwell got topside and scored in tight to make it 2-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Despite missing their Princeton-bound defenseman, Nick Bauer who was out with an injury, the Monarchs defense shut out Jserra in the second quarter. This was the type of game Bauer could have potentially dominated, but the Monarchs stepped up in his absence led by goalie Sean Homsy. Homsy had 12 saves and looks to be improving as the season goes on.
In the third quarter it was Roth getting double teamed and dishing to Logan Carroll inside for goal. The it was Carol to Roth for the next Lions goal. MD fired back when big Jack Southron stuck one off hip on a partial screen of Jserra goalie. 4-4 going into the 4th. “Shack” had another unsettled in transition with a tough ride and low and away finish. Southron stepped in man up on a 3-3 formation and firedhigh. Burwell had his 2nd for MD and Charlie Daeman had one for theLions to get it all knotted at 6-6 and OT. In OT it was Roth on a rebound putting it home for the score and the victory.
Credit must be given to coach Johnny Rodriquez of Mater Dei. Missing one of the top players in Orange County in Bauer is a tough break for a program that has historically struggled. To lose in OT to JSerra shows that the players are learning the game. Maxlax caught up with coach after the game. ” We’re getting better for sure, we’ve had a few tight games that just haven’t gone our way. Our goal was to make the playoffs this year and we feel we are that caliber of team, I proud of what we are becoming as a program.”
Devin Arkison was a 3X All-American at Hobart College. He is also a member of the NJ Lacrosse hall of fame. He works privately with defensive players of all levels in the OC area. His most recent commits are to Notre Dame, Denver and St Joes. He can be reached at email@example.com